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Metacarpus, metatarsus and phalanges: fracture

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Introduction

  • Cause: fractures of the feline metacarpal, metatarsal and phalangeal bones occur predominantly as a result of trauma, usually a fall from a height, a bite, something being dropped on the foot or a road traffic accident. 
  • Signs: acute onset, non-weight bearing lameness is the most common presentation. 
  • Treatment: conservative management can be considered for minimally displaced fractures or when two or fewer metabones are fractured. Surgery is recommended when fractures are displaced or more than two bones are broken.  
  • Prognosis: when managed appropriately and promptly the prognosis for metabone fractures is generally good.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource
  • Fitzpatrick N, Riordan J O, Smith T J, Modlinska J H, Tucker R, Yeadon R (2011) Combined intramedullary and external skeletal fixation of metatarsal and metacarpal fractures in 12 dogs and 19 cats. Vet Surg 40(8), 1015-1022 PubMed.
  • Degasperi B, Gradner G, Dupré G (2007) Intramedullary pinning of metacarpal and metatarsal fractures in cats using a simple distraction technique. Vet Surg 36(4), 382-388  PubMed.
  • Zahn K, Kornmayer M, Matis U (2007) Dowel pinning for feline metacarpal and metatarsal fractures. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 20(4), 256-263 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Kulendra E (2014) Management of metatarsal & metacarpal fractures. Vet Ireland J 4(2), 94-97.
  • Montavon P, Voss K, Langley-Hobbs S J (2009) Metacarpus, metatarsus and phalanges. In: Feline Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Disease. Saunders Elsevier.
  • Scott H, McLaughlin R (2006) Fractures and Disorders of the Forelimb. In: Feline Orthopaedics. CRC Press. 

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